Education Trust Fund Budget to be voted on in Committee today

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee held a public hearing on the Education Trust Fund fiscal year 2019 budget.

Committee Chairman Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said this is a very good budget. Education employees will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase across the board.

The trust fund budget will be roughly $6.7 billion in 2019. The committee will provide reporters with spreadsheets Wednesday morning.

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Applications for AEA Executive Director Ends Today, One Name Stands Out

March 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Education Association (AEA) began accepting applications for a new Executive Director on February 22; that search ends today at 5pm.

A 20 plus member committee is overseeing the process, tasked with finding, “A visionary who can inspire confidence with a record of success in organizational innovation and change,” among many other stated qualifications.

Speculation has revolved around a stellar cluster of names, including Sen. Quinton Ross, former AEA’s David Stout, and current Public Policy & Governmental Relations Manager, Susan Kennedy. Also, former Sen. Roger Bedford, and former Rep. Blaine Galliher’s names have been mentioned with favor. But, one name is recurrent and appears to have the lead to bring the faltering giant back into the arena. That is Tuscaloosa’s superstar, Mayor Walter Maddox.
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UNA Complains That RSA Hurts Their Faculty Recruiting Efforts

March 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 2, a public hearing was held by the Senate Finance and Taxation Education committee on allowing the University of North Alabama to give new hires the option of opting out of the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) pension plan, and instead putting their pension contributions and the University match into a 401k type investment product.

Senate Bill 247 is sponsored by State Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence). Sen. Melson said that with SB247, “I am going against RSA on this one. I represent UNA on a bill today. RSA’s argument is going to be based on they need the money; but if this passes it would cost RSA just 75 cents for everybody in the program to pay. UNA is a great school. This bill allows UNA to go hire employees. This would only affect 20 to 25 employees a year. It takes ten years to vest in RSA. The problem is that UNA, while a great school, is not seen as a final career destination. Qualified faculty applicants don’t see themselves staying at UNA for ten years to get vested in the RSA system.”
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Riley Partner Could Triple Profits Through Proposed Legislation

March 25, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

John Kirtley, one of former Governor Bob Riley’s business partners, may soon see a tripling of his over seven million dollars in annual profits coming in from his Florida Accountability Act-style SGO if newly proposed GOP legislation can make its way through the state’s legislature.

The proposal, which comes amid debate in Montgomery over whether to make changes to the Alabama Accountability Act’s SGO provisions, would open up Florida’s sales taxes as a possible revenue source for the private scholarship-granting entities’ coffers.
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